Instant Chocolate Pudding that’s Light, Healthy, and Dairy-Free


Instant dairy-free chocolate pudding that doesn’t come from a box? It’s true! This quick recipe goes from pantry to pudding with just four ingredients in five minutes or less! The secret ingredient is silken tofu. I always keep this shelf-stable product on hand, because it is so darn useful. It adds nutrition, thickness, and smooth creaminess to all types of dishes. And it’s a dream in chocolate pudding.

Instant Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Fast, Easy, Healthy, Vegan, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, and Nut-Free!

Instant Chocolate Pudding that’s Light, Healthy, and Dairy-Free

For a smoother, less-acidic taste and a rich chocolate color, this instant dairy-free chocolate pudding recipe uses dark, Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Some brands that will work nicely include: Valrhona Cocoa PowderFrontier Organic Fair Trade CocoaHershey’s Special Dark Cocoa, and King Arthur Double Dutch Cocoa Blend.

Since straight cocoa powder is used rather than melted chocolate, there is less of an allergen concern. But the recipe does require sweetener. Powdered sugar is used for a smooth finish that’s still thick, but we have included options for liquid sweetener.

Instant Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Fast, Easy, Healthy, Vegan, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, and Nut-Free!

Special Diet Notes: Instant Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Instant Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding
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This is a sweet dark chocolate style pudding. We like the consistency with firm silken tofu, which is easiest to find. Soft will work, but it will be thinner, and extra-firm sets up more like mousse.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 (12.3-ounce) package firm silken tofu, drained
  • ⅔ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Place the tofu, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a food processor or blender.
  2. Puree for 1 minute, scraping down sides as needed, or until very smooth.
  3. Divide equally into six dishes and serve. See below for garnish ideas.
Garnish Options: Optionally top or layer the pudding with dairy-free whipped cream. You can use my easy Homemade Whipped Coconut Cream or a Store-Bought option. Other delicious garnishes include fresh fruit (like raspberries, cherries, or strawberries), a sprinkle of cinnamon, mini dairy-free chocolate chips, or chocolate curls from your favorite dairy-free chocolate bar.

Refined Sugar-Free Options: If you prefer to sweeten with agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey, you'll want to use less. It will thin out the pudding. Start with just ⅓ cup and add to taste.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ recipe Calories: 137 Fat: 2.8g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 26.6g Sugar: 20.6g Sodium: 23mg Fiber: 2.9g Protein: 5.7g

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. Angelique De Bruyn on

    Hi Alisa a month ago I found out that I’m sugar – sensitive, dairy – sensitive and citrus- sensitive. It’s been a struggle to find what to eat and snack on. Your website is amazing and recipes sound and look delicious, my question to you is… Will you be able to help me with a sugar/dairy/citrus free diet?

    Please contact me any time
    Kind Regards

    • Hi Angelique,

      There are many recipes on my site here that can easily fit your diet! Just poke around, you may be surprised! While I would love to help you out personally, it would be best for you to discuss creating a meal plan that fits your needs with a nutritionist. Wishing you good health!

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